REJOICE! is the theme of the Third Sunday of Advent. It's also a perfect theme for our upcoming week of Music, Mission & Light with ValLimar Jansen. Lord's Day Mass will set the stage for what lies ahead.
Fr. Tom talks with ValLimar Jansen, getting to know her and anticipating our Advent Nights of Music, Mission & Light.
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR PLEDGE?
We are steadily closing in on our target for the Inspired By the Spirit campaign. The Fall Follow-up has brought us to 94 percent of our target. THANK YOU!
if you haven’t pledged or contributed please be attentive to and generous in responding to the letter and newsletter recently received in the mail. Brochures and pledge forms also are at all entrances. You can also pledge online!
THIS WEEKEND AT ST. ANNE
NEW FOR KIDS: At the 8:30 Mass children ages 4 to second grade are invited to participate in a special proclamation of God's Word. BETHLEHEM GIFTS: Beautiful Nativity scenes and other Christmas items made from felted wool by the L’Arche community in Bethlehem are on sale in the Gathering Space. MASS IN-PERSON & LIVESTREAM: If you can't make it to Mass, the link at left connects you with the livestream of the 8:30 Mass. Here is a link to this week's worship aid and a link to Sunday's readings.
MINISTRY AT MASS: Here are Advent and Christmas links for ministers to sign-up for ministry at Mass. Thank you to all of our generous ministers! READERS - WELCOME MINISTERS - SERVERS
THURSDAY EVENING MASS: Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. on the four Thursdays of Advent. This simpler, more subdued version of Lord’s Day Mass provides a mid-week opportunity to re-focus and prepare. RECONCILIATION: This sacrament of healing, repentance, mercy and anticipation will be celebrated from 5-6 p.m. on all of the Wednesdays of Advent - Nov. 30, and Dec. 7, 14 and 21, and 9 a.m. Saturdays in the Reconciliation Room in church. An examination of conscience can be found at this link.
ADVENT GIVING: Throughout Advent and Christmas parishioners are encouraged to donate gift cards, which will be given to St. Vincent de Paul to share in their outreach to individuals and families in need. Cards are requested for Kwik Trip, Pick ’n’ Save and Walgreens valued at $5 to $25. Cards will be accepted until Jan. 8, and can be put in the collection basket at Mass.
Baby bottles also will be distributed this coming weekend to support Hope Life Center and its outreach for those facing an unplanned pregnancy or dealing with a past abortion.
THE SUNDAY READINGS ON TUESDAY:Read, discuss and pray over next Sunday's reading in a weekly gathering at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Gathering Space. It’s a great way to anticipate hearing the readings proclaimed at Mass and to gain a deeper awareness into the meaning and power of God’s word. All are welcome!
COOKIES & BREADS: Parishioners are invited to provide Christmas cookies and short breads for Circle of Joy to share with parishioners who are homebound or living in assisted living facilities. Please bring baked items to the library by Dec. 11.
CHRISTMAS CHOIR: We are forming a Christmas choir to help us celebrate the 6 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve. We will be practicing Thursdays Dec. 15 and 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the church following the weekday Advent mass. Everyone is welcome. If you have any questions please contact Kristine Lato or call the parish office. THE BELL CHOIR is also a significant part of our worship and bell-ringers are needed. An interest in music is really all you need. An ability to read music is helpful, but not essential. To learn more, contact Tracy Scheels.
SHARING WITH THE PARISH
Parish worship and ministries depend upon the generosity of ALL parishioners. And, it couldn't be easier to make a contribution. Scheduling an ongoing contribution or making a one-time donation - is just a click away. Thanks to all who share generously with the parish.